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post #1 of 28 Old 05-16-2005, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Alrighty...I'm taking my ass back to college at the ripe age of 25 and need a car to get me there and back everyday. I've narrowed it down to a few choices...

1999+ Mustang GT (Under 60k miles)
1997+ 528i BMW (60k-110k miles)
Late Model MR2 (I'm leaning away from this option though, no car for the money) (15k-30k miles)
2000+ Toyota Celica...not so sure though.

Here is what determined my choices. First and foremost, I must have RWD. I've always had it and don't want FWD crap. So that eliminates Honda HAHA. Second, I want 20+ mpg. Also, I want to stay around the $15k mark. Each of those cars fall in that price range. Cars must be manual as well.

Anyone own any of these and can give any feedback? I'm looking for reliability opinions. I understand with the BMW there will be electronic gremlins forever, which is fine as long as there arent mechanical problems. Go ahead and dis the stang that's fine...build quality is kinda lame I know compared to the other choices...however a lot of bugs were ironed out by the time that model came in (and I can get Ford parts dirt ass cheap hehe, and I can work on it). Celica I know is FWD, but Toyota reliability marks it up there. Unfortunately, both the Celica and MR2 are getting discontinued next year, which will drive parts prices up.

I want whichever car I choose to be problem free (proper maintenance of course), be able to handle heavy traffic conditions (heat mainly), and last 10 years. 5 years while im in school and 5 years while im paying off debt! ahahahaha.

Spew out any opinions you have please! Just try to stay on topic. And NO...no friggen honda will be placed in my garage EVER!


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post #2 of 28 Old 05-16-2005, 12:40 AM
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I know it's not one of the choices, but how about a Subaru?? AWD, handle good, great mileage, dependable, cheap, not a Honda. Other than that, Toyota's are the best built cars on the planet, without a question they would be very dependable.
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Get as new of a car as possible.

Older - break down more and cost you more in the long run.

Stay away from used BMW's - very expensive upkeep.

Why are you so biased on the Rear Wheel Drive??

I bet I can smoke you with the same HP with a FWD vs a RWD car.

Much easier to handle and put the power down.

$15K gets you a nice Honda that will last for years with little $$ for upkeep.

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Because I know how to drive a RWD. I've never had a FWD to really learn how to drive one. Everything would be second nature in a RWD to me in lets say an emergency or driving faster than normal situation hehe. If you don't agree thats OK, u cant change my mind on that...I'm a stubborn bastard hehe.

I considered Subaru, but damn...that thing is so ugly (in my opinion) I wouldnt even wash it lol.

I didnt even consider a BMW at first....but my roomie bought a 01 330ci with dinan crap. Man, that car is just nice. Unfortunately most 3 series are out of the price range :( .

Thanks again for the opinions! Keep em coming!

EDIT: The only honda I've considered owning is a Prelude so I guess I could put that up on the list too.

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buy a brand new hyundai sonata and get that 100.000 mile warranty. My ex-wife has one never maintains it,got over 100k on the clock and runs like a clock. Don't buy someone elses misery.
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Of what you listed, I'd go with the Celica. Stay away from the Beemer, upkeep and repair will park you in the poor house.

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Stay away from used BMW's - very expensive upkeep.
I was thinking the same thing when I read your post.... Steer clear although they are niiiiiiiice!
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Most BMW owner's will tell you how wonderful they are. I have a friend who had a 5 series and he was working on it all the time (and I don't mean washing and waxing). He remembers it as being a "absolutly trouble free car."

On the other hand, another friend bought his wife a Z3 and he says it needs constant work and simple things are alway breaking on it. I would have to say, stay away from the BMW. Honda, good; Toyota, good.

Don't confuse me with facts, my mind is already made up.
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A celica is a FWD car, no?

ya ya ya...
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